Campaign Issues

Economic Revitalization

The Issue
A strong economy and thriving community depends on turning Holyoke's cultural diversity and urban character in to assets that will attract private investment to downtown.
 
What I've Done
In my 2005 run for office, I introduced to the city Smart Growth concepts and principles which promote in-fill, mixed-used development and help generate predictable avenues for economic growth.  In 2008 the City Council unanimously adopted a smart growth overlay zone in the city.
 
What I Will Do
When re-elected I promise to continue to work with Holyoke’s Redevelopment Authority to implement the forthcoming Urban Renewal Plan and ensure that we are marketing Holyoke effectively.

“Green” Industry

The Issue
Holyoke’s access to the Connecticut River as well as the capacities of Holyoke Water Power and the mills along canals make Holyoke an ideal location for pioneering “Green” industries such as the proposed high performance computing center.

What I've Done
I have spoken to Gov. Patrick about Holyoke’s “Green” potential and how the city is poised to be a leader in the “Green” Industrial Revolution.  I have also worked with workforce development, academic and industry leaders to find ways of developing models for collaboration in this emerging sector.


What I Will Do
When re-elected I will continue to find ways help build Holyoke’s marketable image as a green industrial center and develop incentives that will make the city an attractive destination for investors in “Green” technologies.  Currently, I am working to bring the State in to talk with the City Council to help Holyoke meet the Green Communities criteria that will qualify us for grant and funding opportunities.

Education

The Issue
Quality Education is a vital resource for our youth and community as a whole.  We need to expand opportunities for youth development, encourage more parental involvement and look for creative collaborations, if we are to meet our current and future educational needs.
 
What I've Done
As a city councilor I've voted to ensure that Holyoke’s Public Schools are getting the funding and resources they need to guarantee our teachers and our students have the support they need to succeed.
 
What I Will Do
When re-elected I will help the schools develop collaborative relationships with Holyoke’s many service providing organizations to fill in funding or service gaps and leverage additional revenue sources.

Trash

The Issue
Trash continues to litter the streets of downtown and our neighborhoods and this sends a strong message to outside communities that we don’t care about our city.  We need to find ways to cut down on trash, keep it off the streets and increase revenues associated with recycling.

What I've Done
I've worked to expand recycling opportunities throughout the city and cut costs associated with managing trash by introducing policies such as Recycling at Rental Units and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
 
What I Will Do
When re-elected I will continue to look for ways to keep litter off the streets by working with residents to create cleanup program and ensure that all tax payers have access to our city’s trash and recycling services.

Building Community

The Issue
Holyoke’s future success depends on strong and active networks of citizens who can share ideas and resources with one another as well as participate in community and municipal projects.  
 
What I've Done
In 2008 I worked with a small group of citizens to found C.R.U.S.H. (Citizens for the Revitalization and Urban Success of Holyoke) to create a space and a network for people to discuss issues and build support for addressing those issues.

What I Will Do
When re-elected I will continue to find opportunities for citizen involvement in municipal government.  I support the Charter Commission ballot initiative that will help create ways to streamline government processes, increase government effectiveness and increase citizens’ abilities to weigh-in on municipal decisions.